Owen Scott and Derek Haney scored fourth quarter touchdowns, and Mikey Ferreria caused a fumble on a kickoff return, as the Hillmen (8-0) came through with big plays in the clutch to defeat Bear River 26-14 in a PVL showdown. Trailing 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter, fullback Jared Halbert (156 yards rushing) and Owen Scott (74 yards rushing, two touchdowns), went to work on the ground, shredding the Bruin defense with several huge runs, to set up Scott’s one yard touchdown run with three and a half minutes left to put Placer ahead for good 19-14. Following the go ahead score, Ferreria stripped the ball from Dave Mastrella and Ryan Huston recovered it, and Derek Haney delivered an 11 yard touchdown run to put the game away. The defense also came up huge Friday night for the Hillmen, including key sacks on the final drive by Logan Crawford and Micheal Downen. Ryan Huston, Joe Robinson, and Anthony Pierce had strong games in the secondary as well. With the victory, the Hillmen are now just one win away from capturing their fourth PVL title. To read more about Friday’s thrilling victory, check out Ike Dobson’s article in the Auburn Journal! Also Friday, Mario Perez scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and Jonny Callahan intercepted a pass to secure a 25-22 victory to improve to 6-2 overall, and 3-0 in the PVL. On Thursday night, the freshman defeated Bear River 41-6 to move to 8-0 on the year. Michael Stuck threw a touchdown pass to Christian Evensen, and the Hillmen scored five touchdowns on the ground (Jorge Maldonado 2, Makell Jones (2), and Marshall Chapman). The Hillmen will return home for the first time in six weeks to take on Lincoln Friday night at 7:30pm. The JV game will start at 5:15pm. The Freshman game will be held Thursday at 5:15pm.